Obverse legend : IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG.
Obverse description : Buste radié et cuirassé de Valérien Ier à gauche drapé sur l’épaule, vu de trois quarts en avant.
Reverse legend : VOTA ORBIS/ S C// -.
Reverse description : Deux Victoires, debout face à face accrochant un bouclier inscrit SC sur un palmier.
(07/253-06/260) Publius Licinius Valerianus
Valerian was born in 193 and had a distinguished military and political career. Main contributor of Trajan Decius, he was proclaimed in august 253. It gets rid of turn Trebonianus Galle and Volusien and Emilien and immediately associated his son Gallienus to the throne. 256, a Gothic invasion threatens the provinces of the Black Sea. Shapur (Sapor), Sassanian king arrives at Antioch the following year. Valerian I began the great persecution against Christians in 258. In 259, the Empire, already weakened, is invaded on the Rhine-Danube limes and East, Shapur (Sapor) seizes Antioch. Valerian to meet him, but was defeated and taken prisoner. Shapur (Sapor) will use the fallen emperor as a step before doing live skinning. Christians see it as God's punishment for the persecution Gallien hastens to stop.